The Witcher 3: The 15 Best Steel Swords, Ranked

Picking the best weapons in any game is a daunting chạy thử – doubly so for a masterful and beloved title lượt thích The Witcher 3. Different steel swords have sầu different strengths for different players – but some of The Witcher 3’s swords go above & beyond when it comes to excelling at particular bonuses và attributes.

We’re bound to lớn ruffle some feathers with our picks, but wescoured the internet for all sorts of steel sword stats, rummaged through playerforums, và binged Youtube reviews to lớn bring you the best trang đầu menu of thebest steel swords in The Witcher 3 (in no particular order).*

1. The Best Sword for Critical Hit Damage Bonuses: Hjalmar’s Steel Sword+45-200% Critical hit damage bonus

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Not every hit is critical – but when you finally lvà one, it sure is pretty sweet lớn have sầu a killer damage bonus lớn baông xã it up.If you’re looking khổng lồ up the damage you vì on these critical strikes, look no further than this black-handled, powerful steel sword. Like all swords on this danh mục, Hjalmar’s Steel Sword is a relic, however it only offers one rune slot.

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You can get this sword during the King’s Gambit quest – but be careful: if you complete the first objective of the quest before you win the fistfight against Hjalmar at the wedding banquet, you’ve sầu gone too far. Don’t worry if you’ve sầu already blown past the opportunity for this guy – we’ve got a treat for you later in the menu.

2. The Best Sword for Bonus Experience: Superior Dol Blathanna+2-5% Bonus experience from Humans & Nonhumans

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Leveling – especially in the upper echelons – can get time-consuming và exhausting. But you can tốc độ up the process a fair bit if you use a sword with a nice experience bonus. For this nifty perk, your best bet is the Superior Dol Blathanmãng cầu sword.

Superior Dol Blathanna+2-5% Bonus experience from Humans và Nonhumans Leveling – especially in the upper echelons – can get time-consuming and exhausting. But you can tốc độ up the process a fair bit if you use a sword with a nice experience bonus. For this nifty perk, your best bet is the Superior Dol Blathanna sword.

This relic – offering a whopping 3 rune slots – can offer between a 2 lớn 5 percent bonus on experience gained. As an extra perk, it also carries a critical hit damage bump, & a 1 lớn 3 percent bonus on gold looted.

Unlượt thích some swords on this các mục, which require lengthy quests, chancing a chest, or some other challenging task, this weapon can simply be purchased. Look for Scoia’tael, an elf & merchant, near Lucian’s Windmill.

3. The Best Igni Sign Bonus: Ard’aenye+18%Igni Sign intensity

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Igni – a fairly natural shorthvà for ignite – is the magical sign used by witchers (& Geralt, as the player) that deals with pyrokinetic energy & ignition. It is the “fire” aspect of the five signs, and is particularly powerful for damage over time và range, especially when lighting fire-weak enemies on fire. Its symbol is the triangle. The Ard’aenye sword – with its 18 point bonus khổng lồ the Igni sign intensity – can help bolster this sign’s power in Geralternative text. Make your “fire” power even more…well, fiery, by focusing in on your Igni bonus. You can loot this sword near the Devil’s Pit, from a “guarded treasure” – according to lớn the Wicơ.

4. The Best Quen Sign Bonus: Gwestog+3 – 5% Quen Sign intensity

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Quen – focusing on defense – is the magical sign used by the player & other witchers lớn take and reflect damage aimed towards Quen’s caster. For those who want khổng lồ bolster their defense, a Quen bonus on your weapon is a great option. Gwestog, a steel sword with a partially serrated blade và bronze và blaông xã handle, is just the ticket. Gwenstog can either be looted in a village near Velen, or can be retrieved as a reward for a fistfight against Olaf the Bear in Skellige (not to be confused with Boris, in Novigrad…yes, The Witcher 3 has two fistfighting bears).

5. The Best Yrden Sign Bonus: Longclaw (Crafted)+30% Yrden Sign intensity

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Yrden is trap và barrier-based magic. To get the best bonus for this clever sign, your best bet is a crafted Longclaw sword. Longclaw has the best sign bonus of any relic on this menu, & can be made using a quái thú feather, a dark steel ingot, a boss khủng claw, a quái vật brain, & an amethyst.

Longclaw allows up khổng lồ 3 rune khổng lồ be slotted, so keep that in mind. Don’t confuse this sword with Longclaw (relic) or Longclaw (common) either – they’re each very different swords! You’ll find yourself disappointed if you end up with an imposter.

6. The Best Aard Sign Bonus: Beann’shie (crafted) +20% Aard Sign intensity

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The Aard sign focuses on telekinetic power. It can be used against sentient opponents or barriers, lượt thích walls. To get the best Aard sign bonus requires that you craft – not loot – the Beann’shie sword. Like so many other relic tier weapons, this sword has 3 rune slots. It can be crafted using a quái thú feather, two dimeritium ingots, a quái vật bone, a quái vật brain, and a sapphire. The Beann’shie was on of the more popular player favorites on the forums we surveyed.

7. The Best Axii Sign Bonus: Caroline +12-15% Axii Sign intensity

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The Axii sign is great for making friends rather than just defeating foes. If used successfully, enemies can be turned inlớn allies for a short duration, and will even defover & fight for you. To up your chances of using Axii successfully, your best option for a steel sword is the Caroline, with a 12 to 15 percent Axii sign intensity bonus. Caroline the sword was named after her previous owner, Caroline of Bremervoord, according to game lore.

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With a wavy blade & simple hilt, this blade can be found inside of two possible chests: one in the fortress, Kaer Gelen, and one chest on an small islvà north of Undvik.

8. Another Great Critical Hit Damage Bonus: Winter’s Blade +55% Critical hit damage bonus

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Maybe you’re already long past being able to lớn get Hjalmar’s blade, but you don’t want to lớn đại bại out on some truly excellent critical hits against your opponents. Don’t worry – you’re not out of luck yet! You can still knoông chồng their socks off. But to lớn vì that, you need the relic with the next best critical hit damage bonus. To up that stat, look no further than Winter’s Blade.

Winter’s Blade has historically belonged lớn the Clan Craite, and is given khổng lồ the player by Crach an Craite. This weapon offers 2 rune slots, & offers additional benefits to armor piercing and a 10 percent increased chance to freeze your opponent. It has a gorgeous, engraved blade and simplistic hilt. If you’ve already blown your chance with Hjalmar, this sweet sword may help soothe your sorrows. Plus, every time you take a swing, you get lớn tell your enemies about Winter’s impeding arrival.

9. The Best Armor-Piercing Sword: Wolf +20-100 Armor piercing

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If what you really want is lớn slice và dice your way through your opponent’s thiông chồng armor, a sword with nice armor piercing bonuses might just be your speed. The best relic for this job is Wolf.

Wolf offers an additional trăng tròn to 100 points in armor piercing, và offers 3 rune slots. It has additional benefits for bonus gold, as well as increasing your chances to lớn cause your opponent to lớn bleed by 4 percent.

There are a few different ways khổng lồ get Wolf – either finish the Following the Thread questline until you can take it from the chest in Lund’s room, find it in a chest on a wrecked ship during the Isle of Mists, or find it in a chest during Fool’s Gold.

10. The Best Sword for Insta-Kill: Mourner +3% Chance of Instant Kill

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There’s maybe nothing more satisfying than gearing up for a big fight, then watching your enemy crumple with one blow. If you’re chasing that very special satisfaction, seek out Mourner – the blade most likely lớn provide you with an instant kill. As an extra perk, Mourner also comes with an armor piercing bonus, a Yrden sign intensity bonus, a critical hit damage bonus, & an experience bonus.

This relic can only be gotten from the bandits/looters hanging out at the bridge near Lindenvale. It can either be purchased from them, or looted from their dead bodies. In fact, you can do both.

Not every sword will be a match for every player. But ifyou’re interested in maximizing specific skills & stats, these relics are thebest way to go. As always – great swords can’t make great players. If you’re intotreasure hunting, give them a go – otherwise, enjoy The Witcher 3’s gorgeousgraphics, engrossing story, and playability. The swords will always be therefor you tomorrow.

For more information about any individual sword on this menu, please visit the The Official Witcher Wikia. There you can find more notes about where khổng lồ get them, further stats, và pictures of what you can expect each one lớn look like.